Project information

Sustain one suitable pony for 1 year

To enable people with limited horizons (such as Down's syndrome, the blind, or those on the autistic spectrum) or those who have physical disabilities as a result of a stroke or bad accident to access therapy while also gaining confidence, developing a rapport with a horse, and gaining a new freedom

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Lowlands Farm Riding For The Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving

Lowlands Farm Riding For The Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving logo
  • Need

    Need

    Lowlands Farm serves over 100 disabled people a year (as well as providing a resource for 3 other local RDA groups) and charges a modest fee of just £16 for each group lesson. This amount is kept low to ensure access by those who need it most. But it fails to cover the cost of caring for the horses' needs - veterinary, farrier, dentist and livery.
    By raising funds we hope to maintain the current accessible prices for clients and thereby reach out to more people in need

    Solution

    To serve over disabled 100 riders, we need to maintain a stable of 8 horses of varying sizes and temperaments. Riders come to trust their pony and look forward each week to renewing a friendship. Keeping horses happy and available helps to maintain this trust and so help the physical and emotional therapy.
    Funds donated to this project will help one of 8 ponies for a full year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To generate £7,500 to cover livery (feed and bedding) veterinary, dentist, and farrier for 1 year


    Activities

    » Raise the profile and understanding of what riding can bring to people with disabilities - with physical, emotional and sensory benefits.
    » Host Open Days at Lowlands Farm for local benefactors, businesses and others interested to demonstrate the work and the benefits of riding.
    » Involve local villages in the area and encourage them to nominate Lowlands Farm as the beneficiary local charity to their village fetes.
    » Run fundraising events (competitions, dressage, displays, games) at Lowlands Farm for riders, supporters, volunteers and families and friends.

    What success will look like

    By continuing to be open 7 days a week, and 50 weeks of the year with a full range of suitable horses, and by continuing to keep riding fees accessible and affordable


  • Impact

    Impact

    The long term benefit is to generate greater understanding of the benefits of Riding in the surrounding community; Growing numbers of applications from riders; Additional riding sessions being created; Growth in numbers of volunteers who choose to work amongst horses for the benefit of disabled people.

    Risk

    Failure to reach our target impacts on the number of horses or ponies we can afford to maintain. Failure might also impact on the price we need to charge for a riding session.
    To overcome this threat we are increasing our visibility and presence in the local area by creating more opportunities to take our story out to the community. We are also sharing our successes more visibly; telling our story more clearly; and encouraging more potential riders to give it a try.

    Reporting

    Feedback will be through our social media sites in the most part. But for some donors who opt for our Sponsorship packages, we'll provide quarterly updates by email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,250 Livery Covering feed, stabling and bedding
      £1,250 Healthcare Veterinary, Dentist and farrie
  • Background

    Location

    Lowlands Farm Riding for the Disabled (RDA), located in Shrewley, Warwickshire, aims to improve the lives of disabled people through therapeutic riding sessions. We are entirely volunteer run and operate 5 days of the week, every week. In 2017 we ran over 850 activities. Our riders range across all ages and have a mixture of disabilities, including physical, learning and mental disabilities.

    Beneficiaries

    1. Disabled people of all ages (including physical, learning and mental disabilities) as well as those who have suffered strokes, or life-impacting injuries from falls and accidents.
    2. Volunteers: those giving back to the community; building their own confidence or young people embarking on Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
    3. The horses: being well cared for; having an active role after a career in other disciplines; being out amongst their fellow 'therapists

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lowlands Farm RDA has been operating for over 25 years and has only recently been refreshed with a new management team. While there are about 500 RDA groups around the country, Lowlands Farm RDA is set to become a high profile, flagship group by sharing the same site as RDA UK.
    Combining the valuable years of experience gained over 25 years together with investment in new arenas and stables, now is exactly the right time to grow with the a new team who are dedicated to making it a success

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    David Ivens / Trustee / Fundraising

    Leading the Fundraising team

    Julie Elliston / Trustee / Volunteers

    Face of Lowlands Farm with a long dedicated history of working to support it. Responsible for Volunteer recruitment.

    Erica Brown / Resident Coach

    Leading the coaching initiative with safe, well designed routines and policies to suit riders' specific needs.

    Charlotte Williams

    Stable Manager with many years experience of horses and Lowlands Farm RDA. Charlotte is the person making sure our ponies are well cared for.

£70

Shoes a horse for 6 weeks